Photos: Supporters of Pakistan’s PTI protest for fair election results | Elections News


Supporters of former Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan's party have protested in several parts of the country as vote counting continues a day after the poll.

Supporters of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party blocked roads and staged street protests on Friday to protest the Pakistan Election Commission's delay in announcing the results of Thursday's parliamentary elections.

PTI-backed independent candidates and Khan – who is currently imprisoned – were ahead in early national election results, in a vote marred by sporadic violence, allegations of a predetermined outcome and suspension of phone services mobile.

Of the 156 National Assembly results announced by the country's election watchdog after several hours of delay, PTI-backed candidates won 59 seats.

Former three-time Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's Pakistan Muslim League (PMLN) party had 46 seats, while Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari's Pakistan People's Party (PPP) had 39 seats.

The final results were expected Friday evening.

But discrepancies with initial results in some districts have caused concern and confusion.

“We voted even though it turned out to be a selection like last time,” Asif Qureshi, a 55-year-old voter, told Al Jazeera.

“We are in the digital age and yet we are not aware of the results almost 24 hours after the election. Their excuse is that the internet was down, but they were the ones who suspended it.

“We fell asleep thinking that the PTI candidates were ahead. Now we are told no. Why waste so much money? Just name the ones they selected to be the winners.



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